Not Chosen 1st but are Chosen

Growing up, we see people’s need to belong manifested as teams are chosen on the playgrounds, fields or courts. I am sure that most of us can remember a personal experience or the experience of a peer not being the captain who chooses the team and the one person who was not chosen. When one is not chosen, it conveys something about his/her value in that particular endeavor. None of us wants to feel as if we have no value, or we do not belong. Maslow is credited with his hierarchy of needs that evidence that need in man. Before Maslow, God created man with a need to belong and to have value, and He intended for man to seek to meet that need in Him not in other people or things, so when one is disappointed when he/she is not chosen first. By being on God’s team, people will realize that they are Not Chosen 1st but are Chosen.

For the believer, we need to hold tightly to the fact that we were Not Chosen 1st but are Chosen. 1 Peter 1:20 says

20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

The “He” in that verse is Jesus. It reveals His self-existent quality. He was before creation. It reveals that He too is God. We also learn that before the creation of the world that God’s plan was for man to be Redeemed by Jesus Christ.

Of Jesus being God’s chosen one, here are a few verses that confirm that it is through Jesus, the Chosen one, that God would Redeem man.

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.

Of the believer being chosen by God to be Redeemed, here are verses that substantiate that truth.

Ephesians 1:4 
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

Matthew 25:34
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

“If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
The elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth—
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

I trust that the Spirit of God opened your mind to give you understanding of the scriptures. I trust that you understand that Jesus was first chosen by God then the called. If you do, it will strengthen you in every circumstance where you were Not Chosen 1st but are Chosen. All you have to remember is that you belong to God. You have value because Christ died for you. You have meaning because God chose to be on His team. You have purpose because God’s team is about sharing Him with others to build the kingdom of God.

Know that you are not Not Chosen 1st but are Chosen. Rejoice in being chosen by God. What an honor to have the ultimate captain choose you. Shout Hallelujah.


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